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Great Bower bird nest

Chlamydera nuchalis


The bowerbirds have an Austro-Papuan distribution, with ten species endemic to New Guinea, eight endemic to Australia and two found in both.[4] Although their distribution is centered around the tropical regions of New Guinea and northern Australia, some species extend into central, western and southeastern Australia. They occupy a range of different habitats, including rainforest, eucalyptus and acacia forest, and shrublands.


Bowerbirds are most known for their unique courtship behaviour, where males build a structure and decorate it with sticks and brightly coloured objects in an attempt to attract a mate. The male builds the largest bower of all bowerbirds. It is a twin-walled avenue-type bower approximately 1 metre long and 45 cm high. It is typically located under a shrub or leafy branch. The ends of the bower are scattered with white and green objects - stones, bones, shells and leaves and small man-made objects such as plastic and bottle caps. Within the bower itself is sometimes placed clear glass.


Bird nest spotted during a bushwalk. (Inland western australia)

1 Species ID Suggestions

RachaelB 9 years ago
Ptilonorhynchidae family Bowerbird

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Ava T-B 8 years ago

Please, please consider adding this spotting to the Animal Architecture mission at
Also, the bower is not the nest. The female builds the nest in a tree and raises her chicks alone.

MelanieAustralia 9 years ago

thank you guys !!

Christiane 9 years ago

Could be a Great Bowerbird, Chlamydera nuchalis .. I watched them at the Keep River National Park!

MacChristiansen 9 years ago

This is most likely to be a Western Bowerbird ( Chlamydera guttata ) bower ginen the location

RachaelB 9 years ago

At that location it is probably the Bower of the Great Bowerbird; Chlamydera nuchalis.
Nice find.

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Northern Territory, Australia

Spotted on Sep 15, 2009
Submitted on Sep 20, 2012

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